Start with a list of requirements for your vacation. Besides the important documents such as your ID card and tickets, there is useful stuff that is required during a vacation. Preparation for a vacation depends on the destination and the number of days for which our visit is planned.
Copy of documents: it is advisable to have a copy of your documents saved elsewhere before planning a trip, in case of a mishap.
Electronics: pack electronics like camera to take pictures to make your trip memorable. Also include your cell phone, iPod/MP3 players and extra batteries, charger, and adapters, if you are travelling to another continent.
Extra clothes: always keep a few extra pieces of clothes in your suitcase for emergency. Also, depending on your destination, have something warm to wear even if going to a summer destination.
Cash: keep extra cash in your wallet and avoid relying solely on credit cards. Your trip might be totally prepaid but it is advisable to keep a little cash just in case you need it.
Maps: in case you are driving to your destination, buy a map which gives detailed instructions to the destination of buy a GPS to aid you. When travelling to a destination far from home keeping a travel guide might be a good idea too.
First aid kit: keep a small first aid kit including band aids, antiseptic cream, pain reliever and your important medications.
Carry on luggage: instead of packing and checking in all your clothing, keep an extra set of clothes with you in your carry on luggage to help you in the event that your luggage is misplaced.
Emergency numbers: although an emergency contact should be listed on your passport, have an extended list of emergency numbers with you.
While packing for a vacation, there are so many factors to consider. Travelling with small children can be challenging, the list becomes extended to include some of their toys and activities to keep them busy. Make sure you check the requirements of the airline well in advance and pack within the weight allowance.
Vacation is a time to have fun and enjoy with your family and friends. The focus should be on enjoying and making the most of your trip. Do not get burdened by planning a perfect trip and trying to pack every possible item you might need. Vacations should also be an adventure for you and your family.